A Brownie a Day…

…Keeps the stress away!

I am one of those people that need sweets when I’m stressed! I can eat healthy all day long, but still feel the need to eat a cookie or sundae or something sweet at the end of the day!

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But what I really crave the most is the batter! I can eat so much brownie batter! It is the best.

This past week has just been so crazy that sneaking home and playing around in my kitchen was exactly what I needed to do! There is something about baking that makes me feel so relaxed. And when I am stressed my family can come home to a cake, cupcakes, and brownies all over the kitchen because I really needed the break lol.

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More Mac and Cheese Please!

Yesterday I was really in the mood for some comfort food. We had made a big roasted chicken over the weekend and I was thinking of what I could possibly make with the leftover chicken?

At my house its been a buffalo chicken year. We had buffalo chicken meatballs at two of our holiday parties that we had and we made a delicious buffalo chicken crescent roll ring for a new years party. I decided that I wanted to make some buffalo chicken Mac and cheese because we had leftover wing sauce!

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Just One More Piece…

Let’s talk about chocolate.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a great piece of chocolate! So for all of you that are chocolate lovers, I need to share something with you.

The best chocolate shop is only 20 minutes away from my house, and I promise a piece of this chocolate will probably change your life. It is so good, that Tom Cruise even buys it regularly!

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A little cookie creation…

If there is one thing that college has taught me, it’s that I am a chocolate chip cookie addict. I don’t think there is a moment in my apartment that we don’t have cookie dough, cookie mix, or cookies lying around!

So last night we decided to get creative with our cookies and we had a topping and filling bar for them! I went to look on Pinterest for some ideas… and there aren’t that many! Other than crazy cookies that take a long time to make.

The outcome:

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Baby whatcha say we go pickin’ blueberries?

Today was one of those summer days that I was waiting for. A day to myself. I usually love to be around all of my friends and always having something to do, but it felt great to just take a break and enjoy a little me time.

I was in a cooking and baking mood today, missing all of the yummy things that I had cooked in Italy, so I decided to cook some great East Coast recipes, and a blueberry pie.

I was feeling adventurous and decided to make my own Maryland crab cakes, with a side of fresh cucumber salad. Our garden is overflowing with fresh cucumbers, and I wanted to use them for something other than pickles!

The salad was super easy. I found the recipe on simply recipes and it came out great! I added some garlic that I was growing in the garden, with all fresh dill, and yogurt from a local creamery. If there is anything Italy has taught me, its to eat as local as possible.

Next came the crab cakes. I pinned this great recipe for crab cakes a long time ago, and I have been dying to make them! The crab cakes only took about 10 minutes to put together and they fried in less than that!

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Overall dinner came out great! I would make the crab cakes again, I just wish that I had added more fresh dill to the cakes, even though the recipe doesn’t call for it!

Next on the list, blueberry pie. My family makes amazing pies, my grandmother taught us well, so well, that I am the only one allowed to bring pies over on holidays. I have beaten too many people at pie contests, everyone says I need to enter them in a fair. I usually have some help from my mom, but tonight I wanted to do the pie all by myself!

The trick to a good blueberry pie is fresh picked blueberries, but I also get a little help from Martha Stewart. I pick blueberries right down the street from my house, and the bushes are overflowing with them! FullSizeRender-3

I was super excited when I finished rolling out my homemade dough and then pinching it together to make the perfect pie! I think that the pie came out great! I am dying to try a piece! This is the recipe for Martha’s blueberry pie!

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